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Historical Fiction Project "Bud, Not Buddy"

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Historical Fiction Project
"Bud, not Buddy"

by Kamrie Long "I am" Poem Bud Caldwell
1936 Historical Individuals in the Book Bud, Not Buddy I am an orphan
I wonder how far it is to Grand Rapids, Michigan
I hear hornets buzzing
I see vampire bats and fish head guards
I want to find my father
I am on the lam

I pretend to be Clarence
I feel lonely
I touch my suitcase and my keep sakes
I worry someone will steal my stuff
I cry because I am finally home
I am Sleepy LaBone

I understand why my grandfather is sad
I say, "Bud, not Buddy."
I dream to be a sax player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression Appearance
10 years old
African American
scrawny from being in an orphanage
and on the lam Herman E. Calloway was based off of Herman F. Curtis
Lefty Lewis was based off of Earl 'Lefty' Lewis

J. Edgar Hoover Survival Family Overcoming Obstacles Depression Fate Character Traits
smart for his age
a good liar
hopeful Friends
The Band
Miss Thomas
Jimmy Wesley
Doug 'the thug' Tennant
Harrison 'Steady' Eddie Patrick
Chug 'Doo-Doo Bug' Cross
Roy 'Dirty Deed' Breed Problems
Is in an orphanage
Lives with a family who's son beats him up
Trying to find his father There are not many ways I can connect this novel to myself. However, many things Bud experiences can be related to students. Many students can understand being an orphan, living in foster homes, or just not having both parents in their lives. This is a great book to connect to those students who are like Bud in this way. Some students may relate to the fact that Bud lived in numerous foster homes that weren't always good. They might understand where he is coming from when he wants to run away. It can also be a connection for students who only have a mom in their lives or only a father, or even students who live with grandma or grandpa. Another way this could be related to students is if they live in Michigan. The author tells of many actual towns along Bud's journey and the students might be able to relate to those cities because of where they live.

Another way to relate this novel to any classroom would be the age of Bud and what he goes through. A great activity with this novel could be discussing the hardships he went through and having the students imagine what they would do if they were Bud. Reflective Narrative Satchel Paige Primary Sources Lining up for bread and milk at the public library in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Photo found on http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/06/west_michigan_residents_who_li.html Strikers guarding window entrance to Fisher body plant number three. Flint, Michigan, Jan.-Feb. 1936

Photo from http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/photoessay.htm Shantytowns, like this one in Oregon, were called Hoovervilles, and were built across the U.S. during the Great Depression

Photo from http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998019526/PP/ Musician at tavern on the southside of Chicago, Illinois during the Great Depression

Photo found on http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?fsaall:20:./temp/~ammem_lBoG: Pullman porter making up an upper berth aboard the "Capitol Limited" bound for Chicago, Illinois.

Photo from loc.gov Bud's mother passed away and he was put in an orphanage Bud was sent to live with the Amoses who had a 12 year old boy that beat up Bud in his sleep Bud ran away from the Amoses shed and was on the lam He walked to the library to find Miss Hill the librarian, because she would help him, but she moved to Chicago While asleep under a tree near the library his friend Bugs, from the orphanage, found him and Bud followed him to ride the rails Bud missed the train so he decided to walk to Grand Rapids, Michigan As Bud was walking Lefty Lewis pulled on the side of the rode and picked him up. He gave him a ride to Grand Rapids. Bud met the band members of the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!! He was told that Herman E. Calloway was not his father Found out that Herman E. Calloway was his grandfather! Survival:
“There comes a time when you're losing a fight that it just doesn't make sense to keep on fighting. It's not that you're being a quitter, it's just that you've got the sense to know when enough is enough.” pg. 9 Depression:
"Now, now, boys, no need to look so glum. I know you don't understand what it means, but there's a depression going on all over the country. People can't find jobs and these are very, very difficult times for everybody." pg. 2 Fate:
"I started running again but it felt like my legs were gone. The car with Bugs in it was getting farther and farther away. Finally I stopped." pg. 84

It is fate that Bud did not make that train because his father was not in Chicago, where the train was headed, but instead Bud decided to walk to Grand Rapids to find his father. Overcoming Obstacles:
"And Bud, I want you always to remember, no matter how bad things look to you, no matter how dark the night, when one door closes, don't worry, because another door opens." pg. 42-43 Family:
"All of a sudden I knew that of all the places in the world that I'd ever been in this was the one. That of all the people I'd ever met these were the ones. This was where I was supposed to be." pg. 172 Herbert Hoover The first mention of Hooverville is on page 66. I decided to research this event from the story because I wanted to know if these little towns were real during the Great Depression. Hoovervilles were in fact real. During the Great Depression many people were homeless and they created these shanty towns together. They were named after the President at the time, Herbert Hoover, who was largely to blame for the depression. The people living in these Hoovervilles, which were located throughout the U.S., built their homes from stones, wood from crates, cardboard, or other material that were available to them. These towns were usually formed on private property, and the authorities would remove the occupants due to trespassing. What I have found shows me that Christopher Paul Curtis' example of a Hooverville in Michigan is historically accurate.

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1642.html Historical Accuracy of President Hoover and Hoovervilles Question:
Should I walk to Grand Rapids, Michigan to find my father? Decision Making Chart Reason For:
I ran away from the Amoses, so I can't go back
I can't go back to the orphanage
I don't have any other family left
What else am I to do? Reason Against:
It is 120 miles away!
I could get caught by the police and they could send me back to the orphanage Conclusion:
I believe that Bud made the right decision to find his father. If he hadn't have gone to Grand Rapids, he would have been sent back to the orphanage and probably sent in and out of more foster homes that were not good for him. Even though it was very dangerous for a ten year old, African-American boy, to travel around Michigan by himself, Bud made the right choice because he found the family he was looking for. It was also a good decision because he found out that Herman E. Calloway was his grandfather and not his father. This gave Herman closure from his daughter's death and gave him the family back that he had lost. http://depts.washington.edu/depress/hooverville.shtml http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheGreatDepression http://docsteach.org/documents/195886/detail?menu=closed&mode=search&sortBy=relevance&q=posters&commit=Go&era%5B%5D=the-great-depression-and-world-war-ii http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/cherries.html Jackson, Miss.
Hon. James A. Farley
Postmaster General
Washington, D.C.
We, the undersigned, ask that all females that are employed in the Transi(en)t Bureaus be dismissed and be replaced with men. We are going to ask Mr. Hugh Johnson to have all females discharged by all business men in every line of work and if it is necessary to have anything like a camp make it for a women and in place of making slaves of them be ladies. Stop making "bums" of the school boys that don't know what to do with themselves. Give the boys chance to make a name for themselves instead of being a poor bum. We have no malice in regard to women.

(Signed, by many) http://www.lettersofnote.com/2009/10/stop-making-bums-of-school-boys.html Brother can you Spare a Dime? "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931)

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?
Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!
Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?
Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!
Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?
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